I’ve taught workshops and currently teach art to young kids. It is very rewarding because I see art as a tool to help kids express, learn, and discover themselves and surroundings.
Nuria Ortiz isMs Yellow. She is one of the many women/females displaying selling art at the Viva La Muxer event benefit for Las Fotos Project today, March 7th from 6 PM to 10PM at the MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) in Long Beach, California. Her art is colorful, enchanting and full of swirls! Read all about her below and show your support tonight at the event.
Where are you at this very instant?
Sitting outside on the back porch steps.
Visually, what is the closest thing to you? What is the farthest?
The rust colored brick wall and swaying bamboo behind it is closest to me. Off in the distance, the blue cloudy sky draws my attention.
At the moment, what do you treasure the most in the environment which you are in?
The environment itself. The balance of nature and human life. I feel at peace here.
Inside Out by Ms Yellow
Where is home to you?
Are there any struggles you can remember growing up in Long Beach or Carson?
There was/is a lot of struggle in the places I grew up in. Gang violence, poverty, abuse, and death.
How did you cope with this?
Sticked to me artwork to express the things I couldn’t speak about.
Where do you spend most of your days?
It depends on where my responsibilities lie that day. I may be working from home, studio, center or on the train somewhere in LA . On my free time I love exploring nature, cycling, sketching and crafting.
We are all artists in one way or another. How do you express your artistic talents?
I don’t know how to describe it. Every piece I work on is an extension of my self, a natural need to fulfill my desire to improve and work constantly. I’m not sure I am ever fully aware of the “artistic talent”, i think it is the inner kid in me driving to keep my pencil going. It’s expressed the same in any medium I use, may it be through a pen, brush, blade, jewelry sculpting, or spray can. Art is a language to me. It helps me to articulate how I feel without the use of words. It is not limited and it helps me to express things that aren’t easy to.
Where have you displayed your work prior to Viva La Muxer?
I’ve showed at a various events, venues, and galleries.
San Pedro, Long Beach, to Whittier, Westwood, in and around LA, Santa Monica, Hollywood, NoHo and Portland, Oregon.
What motivates you to express yourself in this style?
Stenciling and paper cutting help build my patience and focus. Although the process is long, and at times tedious, i very much enjoy it. The motion of the blade moving through paper is natural to my hands.
-What is your favorite media to use? Why?
Paper. It is strong enough to fit many applications and yet delicate enough to warrant great care. It is very fragile to work with and any mistake made can be a crucial cost to the piece, unless you decide to start over or can be gentle enough to repair it. These challenges demand my full attention, it keeps me focused and determined.
When did you create your very first work of art/music/etc.?
I wouldn’t be able to say, I’ve been drawing since I was little, i’ve known it all my life.
What was your experience with this piece?
I only shared it with 3 people before turning my piece in for MOLAA and their reactions were happy and supportive. This piece took me an entire day to complete. I actually started the work over again because I wasn’t satisfied with the direction the first was heading. When it meets or exceeds my expectations is when I know it is done. I like every new piece to be a challenge. The cutting and drying process of each layer is the most time consuming. Calm and confident is how i felt. At the end when I saw the outcome, I just thought ‘it was worth it’.
How often do you create a new piece of art/music/etc.?
Everyday. As much as possible. Ideas never stop.
In your point of view what is your biggest struggle developing new work?
Whatever bump I come across, I just try to deal with it and keep moving. There is always a solution to a problem that arises in the creation of work.
How do you imagine you would react if this freedom was taken away?
Like, !@#$%^&*()!!!!!! lol
Why did you choose to display your work for Viva La Muxer, a benefit for Las Fotos Project?
I think it’s great what they are doing and it’s important to support these types of projects that give so much to a young girls personal development and self esteem.
Can you relate to Eric V. Ibarra’s (founder of Las Fotos Project) passion for teaching the arts, specifically photography, to young girls?
Having the chance to show a piece at MOLAA means a lot. It is a place I had visited often and in the city I was born in. Eric’s passion is a relatable one; it is important to nurture and teach a creative outlet to all. I’ve taught workshops and currently teach art to young kids. It is very rewarding because I see art as a tool to help kids express, learn, and discover themselves and surroundings.
How do you feel about Viva Las Muxer and Las Fotos Project in general?
I think it’s something that is needed. It’s a great program. For a young girl to have a creative space and outlet to explore options of the world around them and discover their paths.
What are your major influences to continue producing art?
Life, passion and Sam :).
What has been your significant struggle as a female artist?
I have not met with any struggles because I am a female artist,nor has my gender been an issue. I present my work to speak for its self and me in the quality and craftsmanship of the piece. The issues i’ve faced have been for me being a female in society rather than a female artist.
But just to clarify, there have been times when male and female artists have tried talking down to me or belittle me, even control me, but to me It’s just a speck of dust I brush off my shoulder. I don’t allow that behavior to affect me nor give them the encouragement of my attention. It’s not a struggle for me because I don’t put up with that kind of ignorance.
Any shout outs for the public?
Shout out to my nieces/nephews, Kathy, Giselle, Bri, Omar, Matthew, Vicente & Dominick for keeping life fun <3